‘Virtual cinema’ project completed by Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive at the Hebrew University

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July 19, 2007 - The “virtual cinema” film digitization project at the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been completed.

More than 400 films from the archive covering the history of the Jewish people in the modern era are included in the treasure of films that can now be accessed through the archive’s web site. These include historic films on Jewish life in Europe and on various periods and events in the land of Israel.

The site is accessible at http://www.spielbergfilmarchive.org.il/kv/index.html

The five-year digitization project, begun in 2002, has been aimed at providing access for the general public to the archive’s extensive collections. The films can be viewed on the Internet but not copied. The project was funded by the American Friends of the Hebrew University in Los Angeles in honor of the late Motion Picture Association of America Chairman Jack Valenti.

Several rare, historical items are included in the “virtual cinema.” These include the film “Work and Ceremony in Palestine” (1926), donated to the archive by Gerard Yuness, whose father had hidden the film in the backyard of his house in Tunisia before fleeing to France during World War II. After the war he dug up the film and brought it with him to France. The film “Flight to Freedom” (1949) is a unique documentation of the Yemenite immigration to Israel and includes scenes from the community in Yemen as well as footage from the journey in the desert to Israel.  Another film, “The Price of Peace” (1967), includes rare footage from the Six-Day War.

These films may be selected for viewing either by categories or through the archive’s searchable online catalogue, in order to accommodate the needs of both general viewers and seasoned researchers.

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